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22 September 2011 @ 09:29 am
fundamental things  

Being a reader, I have unsurprisingly taken a number of fundamental beliefs from the fiction I’ve read. Most of them were things encountered during my early teen years; a few, read later, clarified or distilled things I believed anyway, and hell, some of them are brand-new. I’ve been meaning to write them down for a while now. They’re things like:

Sex is good. (Heinlein, ElfQuest, Judy Blume)
Cajun food is delicious. (X-Men*)
Americans are really, really screwed up about sex and violence. (ElfQuest)
Women are not only smart, capable and sexy, but clever enough to get men to do the heavy lifting. (Heinlein)
Van Gogh is awesome. (Doctor Who**)
Time is not as we perceive it. (Richard Bach, Doctor Who, Kim Stanley Robinson)
Poetry is worth it. (Beauty and the Beast)

There are probably more, but in specific, this is the one that prompts me to get my shit together and make this post today, after meaning to do so for months:

Killing is wrong. (Trent the Uncatchable)

* Yes, as far as I can tell, I developed a love for Cajun food because of Gambit.
** Look, if a comic book can make me love Cajun food, I see no reason why a TV show shouldn’t make me love an artist.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Stuartsaetter on September 22nd, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
I luvs me some Elfquest.

I re-read the entire series a few years ago. It was all posted on the official site. Still holds up.

Hopefully, Wendy will get her dream someday and get the story on the big screen.

Alix (Tersa): Dr Who - Pondering Ten (bibliophile1887)tersa on September 22nd, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sex is good.
Women are not only smart, capable and sexy, but clever enough to get men to do the heavy lifting.

For all that I look at Heinlein sideways sometimes...this. I have to admit I liked his female characters.

Van Gogh is awesome. (Doctor Who**)

The rest of the episode is 'meh' to me, but I cry at the end with Van Gogh at the museum. Every. Single. Time.
Marithmarith on September 22nd, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
I finished reading tLR, and you're right. It holds up *amazingly* well. I kept having to stop and marvel at it. This was written in 1989? Right before the Web?

Next, tLD!
Trent the Uncatchable: comicsknappenp on September 22nd, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
See, I read that and thought 'Wow, I'm sensible! Wait a second...'

Go team Trent. :)
Kira Lucienkira_snugz on September 23rd, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
right there with you on van gogh and time and poetry